Night in Bethlehem: Variations of a Card Design

The announcement of the blogiversary contest winner can be found at the end of this post on Christmas card design variations using the new Stampin’ UP! holiday catalog release Night in Bethlehem.

While I really liked this simple card design of the sky, buildings, and figures which you can see in the stack of cards below, I decided to share how subtle changes in the same design can be made for those who may not have a Big Shot or those who prefer adding dimension, glitter or even a little bling. It is important to me that beginners understand that most stampers begin with paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive and over time build their stash of supplies. So, if you Are just beginning  you can still make your own Christmas cards.

Perhaps you simply want to stamp and do no die cut images because all that extra is too much this time of year. If you just want to work with  paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive only, then this is the design for you:

With the addition of the Wink of Stella clear you can Step it up: Add Wink of Stella to add some glitter to the North Star and/or the buildings.

If you want to add just a bit of dimension, Stamp & use your Big Shot to die cut Mary & Joseph and/or the North Star and attach with mini dimensionals.

A slight change to the star may be made by adding bling. In this example a glitter enamel dot in matching Crushed Curry was added to the center of the star.

Of course you can go all out: die cut, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, and glitter enamel dots. Why not?!

The inside panel of this card could have been the design for a whole new card front, but I think it works well on the interior of the card.

Perhaps you are not a beginner, but you are one that likes to make the same card design for your entire mailing list. If you don’t have the glitter enamel dots for that many people or patience to cut out that many die cuts, then remember the design can often stay the same and slight variations can be made to stamp the number you need. Over 100 die cuts of the same image gets old- I can thoroughly attest to that!

 

***Blogiversary Contest Winner Announcement:

And now to announce the winner of the owl card and a surprise package of  SU! Product…  drumroll… Random.org generated the name…

🎉KATHE GINTHER 🎉

Since I already have your address, you do not need to contact me to claim your prize and provide your address. It will be on its way to you this week.😀

Thank you to those who commented.

Having comments increases online visibility AND most importantly it is just really nice to hear from those of you who are reading/viewing my blog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Mediterranean Moments: A Blooms & Bliss layout

For three weeks we have started a double page layout by starting with one 12″x12″ sheet of designer series paper (DSP) and cutting it to span the to pages on a double page scrapbook layout.  This week we will be using this same idea, however our orientation of the DSP will change.

*My apologies for the week delay in posting-technical difficulties & a busy week left no time to fix them until now…thanks for bearing with me…On to the layout:

The 5″x12″ DSP on this layout will be applied flush with the outer sides of each layout page, with the 12″x1/2″ Silver Foil strip against it .

Since we’ve flipped the orientation of the DSP to the sides, we’re including small banner strips (1″x11″ & 1/2″x10″) to ground the large (9 3/8″x8.5″) Rich Razzleberry mats which contain the smaller Whisper White photo mats (6″x4″ and 3″x4″).

The stamps used on the 2.5″x1″ banner piece are from the Project Life Hello Lovely Accessories.  The same Hello Lovely accessories stamp set was used for the flower on the journal card.

I really love the Mediterranean Moments cafe scene stamp and chose to add it on a 3″x3″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and used the wonderful watercolor pencils and blender pens to color the image.  I later matted in on 3.25″ square of Sweet Sugarplum and added to one of the 6″x4″ photo mat areas where I used Blooms & Bliss DSP and centered a 6″x1.25″ strip of Rich Razzleberry cardstock under the stamped image.

Having the Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencil really helps the color flow with this Blooms & Bliss cardstock.  I love the color coordination with Stampin’ UP! products!

For my beginning scrapbookers: Remember that this same layout design can be created with different designer series papers & stamps to fit your photo needs.

I do not add titles to all of my scrapbook pages, and instead rely heavily on a journal card to tell the reader the information behind the photos.  However, if you prefer having titles, try adding smaller ones along the sides or longer titles across the bottom of this layout.

I hope you enjoyed these 4 weeks of beginning scrapbook design layouts. My apologies again for those who were waiting a whole week longer on this last post in the 4 week series.  Thank you for your patience.

May is National Scrapbook Month.  What better time to get scrapping!

Until next time…

-Joanne

More Scrapbook Design tips with Blooms & Bliss DSP

If you’ve been following along with the scrapbook design posts the past two weeks of April, you’ve seen an Aquarium layout with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP) and A Beautiful You layout with the Neutrals DSP stack.  This week we’ll return to use more of the lovely Blooms & Bliss DSP and learn how to take what we’ve learned in using a DSP cut to span a double page layout and add more layers of cardstock and DSP to the design.

As you can see on this layout, the focal DSP is centered-cut down the middle for 12″x6″ on both inner Blushing Bride bases. This time, however, the 1/2′ strip of Silver Foil Paper is not applied against the edge of the focal DSP, but applied along the edge of the coordinating horizontal (1″x12″) DSP.

Texture was applied to this layout by adding raised stripes with the Stampin’ Up! Trimmer score tool alternating between 1/2″ and 1/4″ for 6″on both base pages. *The 6″area covered by the DSP need not be scored.

Banners pointing down or in toward your page will lead your eyes to the interior of the page.

Since the orientation of the photos on this spread are in the middle, the banners help bring your gaze into the page. The two white journal blocks (or if you prefer to stamp or add photo images here, that would work too) at the angles create an upside down “V” moving your eyes along the page.

The addition of the horizontal DSP and Silver Foil paper strip helps provide the layout with more interest, but also balances the page by providing the bottom 3rd of the page as much weight as the photos which are right above.

The rule of 3rds is frequently used in design (I discussed using it in card design April 7).  When figuring where to place your horizontal paper strips, it should be no surprise that 4″ (1/3 of 12″) is the top of the strip.

Materials needed:

  • 1 Sheet 12″x12″ Blooms & Bliss DSP cut in half to form 2) 12″x6″ pieces.
  • 2 Strips 1″x12″ Blooms & Bliss DSP which coordinates with focal DSP
  • 2 Strips 1/2″x12″ Silver Foil Paper
  • 2 Sheets 12″x12″ Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • Paper Trimmer scoring blade to emboss lines on Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • 2 Sheets 8.5″x11″ Rich Razzleberry cardstock: Use to create 3) 6.25″x4.25″ photo mats, 4) 4.25″x3.25″ mats, and 1) Banner 1″x3.75″
  • 2 Sheets 8.5″x11″ Sweet Sugarplum cardstock: Use to create 3) 6″x4″ photo mats, 4) 4″x3″ mats, and 1) Banner  1″x5″
  • 1 sheet 8.5″x11″ Whisper White cardstock: Use to create 2) 3″x4″ journal mats(stamp, photo, or title areas, if you prefer)
  • Adhesive

Blooms & Bliss DSP is while supplies last on the Retiring List.  You can check out the list at my online store HERE. If it happens to be sold out, remember you can choose a different DSP and coordinating cardstock to create the same layout-You may even prefer doing this in order to create a page which color coordinates with your photos.

I have one more layout to finish out April’s weekly double page creations.  Stop by next week to see the Mediterranean Moments layout which will finish out my designs for this month.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Quick cards: Using the rule of 3rds

I started this month with a type of intro to scrapbooking by showing how to turn a sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP) into inspiration and the design element for a page; A basic skill all beginning paper crafters learn with or without the realization that they’ve learned it!

I didn’t want to leave my card making friends out of the loop.  So, today I’d like to share a similar concept with card making in mind.

This one rule can get you far in papercraft design: The rule of 3rds. See if you can spot it in the card below.

Two-thirds of this card is the This Christmas DSP with music notes.  One-third is the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Between the two is a small enough strip that the eye will not mind the split, but provide a place to accent and create a focal point, which on this card is  the Watercolor Wishes Kit Sentiment “Just A Note” stamped on Layering Circles Framelits. It is all adhered to a matching Basic Black card base.

Below you shall find the measurements to recreate the basic 3rds card design.  Looking around at various cards, you’ll notice how frequently this starting point is used in the card making world!

The above diagram shows too, how easily it would be to select 1 DSP and make this card.  Both prints above are actually just 1 paper that is double sided!  If you first cut your DSP the same size as the “Insert” (where you write your inner card message), then cut that DSP to form the two sizes, flip over one piece to show the other side’s design and you have the two prints above.

Here is a sample of the Rule of Thirds card made from the cardstock in the diagram above:

Notice I flipped the orientation of the smaller section to the bottom this time and stamped my sentiment (also from the stamps included in the Watercolor Wishes Kit) directly on the DSP.  The boots are from the Country Livin’ stamp set; colored with aqua painter to ink to paper.  I also misted ink onto the Occasions catalog Lace doilies to get the color to match my sentiment.

The rule of 3rds closely resembles the rule of threes.  Odd numbers are typically more pleasing to the eye and you’ll often see designers use 3 of something.  Check out the Watercolor Wishes Kit stamped sentiment above- there are 3 hearts.

If you look back at this recent card post using the Build It Framelits, you’ll notice I used a variation on the rule of 3rds diagram provided above.  I eliminated the center strip and instead added an addition cardstock mat.  The pegboard and bottom sentiment spot still maintain the 2/3 to 1/3 area splits.

I show you this card so that you see that the first two examples are just the jumping off point to this rule of 3rds design.  Try it on your next card or scrapbooking project for quick, easy, and eye-appealing results. And don’t be afraid to flip it on it’s side too for a bottom opening card!

Until next time…

-Joanne